Carleton’s Landon Pearson Centre Launches Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights

Today, the Landon Pearson Resource Centre For the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights at Carleton University launched the first Canadian Children’s Rights Journal to coincide with National Child Day. The date marks the occasion when Canada adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), spelling out basic human rights for children and youth.

“It is now 24 years since the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted unanimously by the United Nations, yet many Canadians are still uncomfortable with the concept of children’s rights,” said Landon Pearson, chair of the centre. “This journal is aimed at opening a broader dialogue among academics and thoughtful young people so that together we can bring about a deeper understanding of what children’s rights mean and how important it is to protect, promote and fulfill them.”

The journal is a peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on the topic of children’s rights. It offers a forum for exchanging ideas and engaging in conversation regarding a range of issues relating to children’s rights. It is international in scope and content, and encourages diverse approaches to the subject.

Proposals for manuscripts are currently being accepted for consideration for the journal’s inaugural issue. A range of contributions will be considered, including case studies, comparative analyses, advocacy and policy articles. Manuscripts in English and French are welcomed from academics, researchers, community partners and young people. Authors are asked to examine the impact of the UNCRC for children’s lives in particular contexts from the past and in present circumstances, or to look ahead to how the UNCRC can be envisioned in the future. Please submit proposals to Virginia Caputo, director of the Landon Pearson Centre, by email at by Dec. 20, 2013.

The first issue will published in spring 2014, in time to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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